It’s a special time of year when Time Magazine’s Top 100 Pictures come out and we’re so happy to share just a few of them with you.
These powerful, arresting images show us just how important photography is as a medium of record – highlighting the good (and bad) of our world so that we can bear witness.
There are some incredibly powerful images here and we do suggest you take the time to get a visual idea of just what happened in 2015.
What a year!
Check out the full list of 100 pictures here.
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 20: Ice floes are viewed along the Hudson River in Manhattan on a frigidly cold day February 20, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the East Coast and Western United States is experiencing unusually cold weather with temperatures in the teens and the wind chill factor making it feel well below zero. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
ARTEMIVSK, UKRAINE – FEBRUARY 15: Ukrainian soldiers conduct operations along the road leading to the embattled town of Debaltseve on February 15, 2015. A ceasefire began at midnight between Pro-Russian Separatists and the Ukrainian forces brokered by the EU, Russia and Ukraine. Debaltseve has become the focal point with reportedly 8000 Ukrainian forces trapped in a bottleneck inside the city.
epaselect epa04641146 Survivors of an avalanche wait to receive relief goods distributed by an Army helicopter in Paryan district of Panjshir province, Afghanistan, 28 February 2015. According to local officials rescue teams restarted operations to find the victims of avalanches in Afghanistan’s north-east as the total bodies found to at least 184 bodies in different areas of Panjsher province, with the total overall casualties at least 233 in various avalanche affected areas. EPA/HEDAYATULLAH AMID
epa04986336 YEARENDER 2015 FEBRUARY Young people take shelter from big sea waves due to the Tropical Cyclone Marcia on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, 20 February 2015. EPA/DAVE HUNT AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with U.S. president Barack Obama at Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, Monday June 8, 2015 during the G-7 summit. (Michaek Kappeler/Pool Photo via AP)
SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR, 11.06.2015: A cell inmate in the district of Soyapango where police just conducted a night raid in search of Mara Salvatrucha members. Alleged gang members are handcuffed, identified then put into the barltolina, an overcrowded temporary cell at police headquarters. Cells that should house 40 inmates end up housing double that. Cells are divided according to gangs, 18th Street, Mara Salvatrucha, 18th Street Revolucionario. All inmates in the bartolinas are awaiting conviction and most complain of being held for up to 2 years without trail.